Another new material ushered into the world of high horology by Officine Panerai Replica, the Florentine maestros of rugged, sporty luxury.
Used in the aerospace industry, Fibratech has a homogenous matte gray appearance that differs slightly in each finished piece depending on the cut of the material. That means that each 44-mm barrel-shaped case of this new timepiece is subtly unique from all others. Fibratech makes up the Panerai Replica Watch case middle, including the patented crown protecting bridge, while Carbotech is used for the crown itself, the crown-locking lever, and the bezel.
The Replica Luminor Marina Fibratech – 44MM, one of a handful of special editions released this year in commemoration of the Luminor model’s 70th anniversary, features all of the familiar aesthetic hallmarks — the aforementioned crown guard device that sets the Luminor series apart from its predecessor, the Radiomir; the “sandwich” style dial, here in an ultra-modern blue-to-black gradation; the stencil-type hour numerals with green-glowing white Super-LumiNova; and the 9 o’clock small seconds subdial balanced out by the 3 o’clock date window. Covering the dial is a robust sapphire crystal made from corundum.
The Panerai Luminor Marina Fibratech Replica comes on a blue strap made of Panerai Sportech, a proprietary woven material with a waterproof, rubberized texture, and fastens to the wrist with a trapezoidal titanium buckle with DLC coating.